Monster Monpiece Censored for Sexual Imagery of Girl Monsters

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Monster Monpiece Censored for Sexual Imagery of Girl Monsters

Cards in Monster Monpiece level up when players rub the screen, and monster girls remove clothing.

Monster Monpiece, a card battling game with creatures reimagined as girls and women, has received drastically different ratings depending on where it's being released. Receiving the highest rating in North America, Monster Monpiece has been censored for "some intense sexual imagery." Publisher Idea Factory International is aware of concerns from North American fans and explained why certain images have "less exposed" versions for the localization.

"This was a very difficult decision since we work very hard to satisfy our fans and want to bring the same content being offered in Japan," Idea Factory stated on Facebook. "However, Western society is not as lenient as that of Japan when sexual images are involved - especially images of humanoids that appear to be younger than a socially acceptable age."

Players hold the Vita vertically as if it were a card and rub the screen to strip characters of their clothes, powering up the monster girl cards. Stronger cards depict girls wearing less clothing, and judging by the game's trailer, a great deal of attention is paid to the characters' breasts. Players are encouraged to strip the monster girls through this system.

The ESRB gave Monster Monpiece a Mature rating with the censored material submitted. The European version received the PEGI 12 rating due to the minimal amount of violence. The difference comes down to different concerns in each part of the world.

Of the approximately 350 card images in Monster Monpiece, about 40 were censored for the North American version. Each card that had its image changed will have the same number of levels for the player to increase, but "higher level card images will be the same as the lower level." Idea Factory International reiterated that the game's playtime, system, and features are the same as the original Japanese release.

The following cards are limited to their level 1, 2, or 3 evolution form due to "the strong sexual nature of the card images": Vampire, Kraken, Goblin, Cockatrice, Kobold, Skeleton, Titania, Bahamut, Fia, Brownie, Pegasus, Mandragora, Mau Sibau, Rafflesia, Death Scorpion, Phantom, and Tengu.

Monster Monpiece will be available this spring for North America and Europe on the PS Vita through the PlayStation Network.

Source: Facebook, Idea Factory International

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..."However, Western society is not as lenient as that of Japan when sexual images are involved - especially images of humanoids that appear to be younger than a socially acceptable age."

If there is any solid, peer-reviewed literature that explains why things like this are seen as acceptable in Japan, please do not hesitate to recommend it. Japan is obscured from my eyes and requires further understanding.

Don't get me wrong... I'm not a fan of loli content... but it disturbs me how many games are being censored. This is the fourth I know about.

Ya...no its Mature material but nothing higher than that...the US is so messed up...

Draconalis:
Don't get me wrong... I'm not a fan of loli content... but it disturbs me how many games are being censored. This is the fourth I know about.

If you look at the bigger picture, you'll notice that it's more the case that a lot more obscure Japanese titles that normally would never find their way out West are getting localized. The games that are getting minor censoring edits are games that wouldn't even hope of getting a NA/EU release for the very reason they're getting those minor edits; most companies wouldn't have even bothered.

Barbas:

..."However, Western society is not as lenient as that of Japan when sexual images are involved - especially images of humanoids that appear to be younger than a socially acceptable age."

If there is any solid, peer-reviewed literature that explains why things like this are seen as acceptable in Japan, please do not hesitate to recommend it. Japan is obscured from my eyes and requires further understanding.

I'll second this because I've never understood how their culture works. They seem to be oddly prude and lewd at the same time from what I can tell, and very backwards regarding the treatment of women. Granted this is all from an American point of view take it as you will. I may not be your "typical American" though.

Barbas:

..."However, Western society is not as lenient as that of Japan when sexual images are involved - especially images of humanoids that appear to be younger than a socially acceptable age."

If there is any solid, peer-reviewed literature that explains why things like this are seen as acceptable in Japan, please do not hesitate to recommend it. Japan is obscured from my eyes and requires further understanding.

I think the legal age in Japan is like 4 years younger than America, plus (as I found out a couple of weeks ago) a trend that is dying out in Japan is women of about 30+ are considered past there sexual prime, it's all about that mid teen to early twenties.

While I am not a fan of censorship, I approve of this. Not just in a white knight way but I always feel games and such think that unless there is "something for the dads" guys wont be interested in it. Like all guys are "Is it a sport? Ok, does it go fast? Ok, but are there boobs? Not even boobs? Then I don't give a shit!"

Barbas:

..."However, Western society is not as lenient as that of Japan when sexual images are involved - especially images of humanoids that appear to be younger than a socially acceptable age."

If there is any solid, peer-reviewed literature that explains why things like this are seen as acceptable in Japan, please do not hesitate to recommend it. This requires further understanding.

Can't provide any peer-reviewed literature but I wouldn't be surprised if Japan has different sexual norms to Western countries due to the lack of Abrahamic religions whose typically sex-negative attitudes have permeated our culture for well over a thousand years. I think it wouldn't hurt to learn from some of their attitudes, such as openness to non-sexual nudity and embracing some of the weirder sides of sex, though their society isn't perfect either, they can be very prudish and traditional in other ways and have problems with the way women are treated, see the groping in trains situation.

If it were released on PC I'd expect it to be a matter of hours before someone released an unofficial patch with the original images.

Actually, I'm curious as to what the images were. After all, The Witcher 2 got away with having pretty graphic sex scenes. To Google!

Alright, I'm back, yeah, wow that's about as close as you can possibly get to naked without actually being naked. What might be the nail in the coffin is, like in a lot of anime or anime-esk things, many of them look like 12 year olds.

Well, it's not actually censoring the gameplay and if you want to see those images you can definitely find them online.

I'm starting to wonder if Japan's suffering from a epidemic of sexual frustration due to its own social structure, especially on the male side, but nobody's willing to admit it...

ZippyDSMlee:
Ya...no its Mature material but nothing higher than that...the US is so messed up...

At least one of those girls was certainly underage, or rather has the body of a young girl.

I'm thinking it's the loli content that's the issue here.

If it's just sexual imagery, it's silly, because if you buy this game, you are buying it for that sort of stuff.

You know... I love me some pornographic Flash non-games like these, but I think I'm actually offended by this one.

Dammit, Japan! how do you manage to ruin "a bunch of women 'building relationships' by rubbing each other's bodies until their clothes come off and then forcing them to fight"?

Captcha: pump less with cruze. Nice double entendre, Captcha.

Lieju:

ZippyDSMlee:
Ya...no its Mature material but nothing higher than that...the US is so messed up...

At least one of those girls was certainly underage, or rather has the body of a young girl.

I'm thinking it's the loli content that's the issue here.

If it's just sexual imagery, it's silly, because if you buy this game, you are buying it for that sort of stuff.

Which is stupid whats next banning content that disrespects gays or blacks?

Banning(even fou banning) things never works and works against society in general over time as more things need to be banned.

Unless you can find direct constant harm things do not need to be banned....

/pissed off

Lvl 64 Klutz:

If you look at the bigger picture, you'll notice that it's more the case that a lot more obscure Japanese titles that normally would never find their way out West are getting localized. The games that are getting minor censoring edits are games that wouldn't even hope of getting a NA/EU release for the very reason they're getting those minor edits; most companies wouldn't have even bothered.

That actually did catch my attention, but I also wonder how many of their niche fan-base they are losing with the censorship.

I remembered not buying one of the Yakuza games, because the American version removes the feature were you could woo a Gesha.

omega 616:

I think the legal age in Japan is like 4 years younger than America

The age of Majority in Japan is 20. You're look upon as a child till you're 20, and I don't mean, Teen > kid. You're treated as a kid till you're 20. For kids to have sex is looked down upon.

The Age of Consent is 13, but only on the national level. Similarly to how the age of consent varies from state to state (16-18, also worth noting that till recently, it was 14 in Hawaii) each Provence in Japan has it's own age of consent, generally being 17 on average.

To put this in context, it would be as if the AoC in the US were 13, but you'll still get in trouble, because each state's AoC is actually 16-18

As a nice little factoid, I'd like to note that sex isn't all fun in games in Japan. It's a very stressful process, given their culture. I'd wager, in all honesty, that's part of the reason their birth rates are so down.

Jiggly boobs? That's why it's being censored?

Correct me if I'm wrong here.

Don't get me wrong, it's blatant pandering and as such I find it despicable, but banning it for having jiggly fucking boobs? Surely I'm missing something.

Dr.Awkward:
I'm starting to wonder if Japan's suffering from a epidemic of sexual frustration due to its own social structure, especially on the male side, but nobody's willing to admit it...

Hell yeah it is. I was going to say the same thing.

"Localization" like this just promotes the import market. I'm not interested in any digital card game, but if I were going to buy this, it'd be a JP copy on a JP psVita.

I went to some pains to get the JP Vanguard Princess working on my PC after learning that it was censored in the US and Europe. Who in their right mind buys a censored product? I've got too much self-respect to tacitly consent (via purchase) to an industry (the censorship industry) that consists of adults telling other adults what they ought and ought not to see.

I don't care what you've studied, who you've joined or what authority you represent; there is nobody anywhere who can ever know better than myself what I should and should not be exposed to.

The following cards are limited to their level 1, 2, or 3 evolution form due to "the strong sexual nature of the card images": Vampire, Kraken, Goblin, Cockatrice, Kobold, Skeleton, Titania, Bahamut, Fia, Brownie, Pegasus, Mandragora, Mau Sibau, Rafflesia, Death Scorpion, Phantom, and Tengu.

Skeleton? Skeleton? How do you make an image of a skeleton strongly sexual? *googles* Ok, she's not a skeleton...

Having seen the images I can understand why some were censored out. They are either borderline porn or they look like 8 year-olds (sometimes both). The Bahamut one has a pretty cool artstyle though.

ZippyDSMlee:

Lieju:

ZippyDSMlee:
Ya...no its Mature material but nothing higher than that...the US is so messed up...

At least one of those girls was certainly underage, or rather has the body of a young girl.

I'm thinking it's the loli content that's the issue here.

If it's just sexual imagery, it's silly, because if you buy this game, you are buying it for that sort of stuff.

Which is stupid whats next banning content that disrespects gays or blacks?

Banning(even fou banning) things never works and works against society in general over time as more things need to be banned.

Unless you can find direct constant harm things do not need to be banned....

/pissed off

It depends on the content.
If something is directly encouraging violence against some group of people, I can see why that would be problematic, especially if that group faces persecution to begin with.
(And there is a difference in critiquing something and wanting it banned.)

Child porn is child porn, though.

It's a different discussion on how wrong cartoon depictions of underage kids in sexual positions are, though.
But I can see why that would be treated differently than adult cartoon women in same situations.

CriticalMiss:
How do you make an image of a skeleton strongly sexual? *googles* Ok, she's not a skeleton...

Having seen the images I can understand why some were censored out. They are either borderline porn or they look like 8 year-olds (sometimes both). The Bahamut one has a pretty cool artstyle though.

You made me curious, so I tried to find Bahamut, (not as easy as I would have expected)

I DID however, find this

image

Shit... I'd be a master at this game, I'm so used to that "control scheme"

ZippyDSMlee:

Which is stupid whats next banning content that disrespects gays or blacks?

There's a difference between banning something that's unpopular and likely offensive for a country (Like if a game had a racist message entwined in it.)

And then there's banning something that's unpopular, probably offensive, and also centered around something that's legally wrong.

Saying racist/homophobic comments in America? Well, that's kind of a dick move but it won't get you thrown in jail.

Things related to sex and minors? Pretty illegal.

Monster girls, so boring.

Dr.Awkward:
I'm starting to wonder if Japan's suffering from a epidemic of sexual frustration due to its own social structure, especially on the male side, but nobody's willing to admit it...

Well certainly the women there start to complain about the guys getting more feminine. And a good number of guys don't wanna put up with their behavior and escape into media consumption.
Look up this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbivore_men
It is at least part of the whole story. There is a lot to talk or speculate about, but as long as you've not grown up there it is hard to come up with a reliable in-depth analysis of whats going on in Japan :D.

If I were king, I'd have that game censored based on the sounds in that video alone, that probably has the power to actually hurt people. That music, eughh.

Being gay I certainly apreciate some nicely rounded (even animated) tits, and although this kind of game isn't for me I have definently seen much 'worse' on websites and in media that I do in no way frequent *cough*. I guess it's a ratings thing? They couldn't get the rating they wanted so they removed the sources of concern in order to get that rating?

Can't help but notice that in the trailer one of the characters boobs are constantly jiggling even as she stands still. Ohw you..

Draconalis:

I DID however, find this

image

Shit... I'd be a master at this game, I'm so used to that "control scheme"

Thats... Thats... WTF?

I guess it's a familiar 'control scheme' -as you call it- for males, but it is a bit overt, isn't it? As with all things like this masturbating is certainly implied even without that feature, but I can't for example imagine someone playing this game on the bus, or even outside a locked room with no windows...

'master, I am at your service'... Is it just me or does this whole game seem incredibly sexist? collecting a different species of 'girls' that apparently exists to serve humans and they get more naked as they become more powerful? and that control scheme... what the donkeypants is this?

ZippyDSMlee:
Ya...no its Mature material but nothing higher than that...the US is so messed up...

You level girls up by stripping them. And you do this by rubbing them repeatedly. And several of the girls are of questionable age.

....and you think we're the ones messed up. :/

granted we are, just not in this instance.

OT: kind of a "Oh, Japan" type story.

Because America. Shoot a guy in the face and say he was kind of scaring you and everything is cool, but if you show a nipple! 20 years in jail.

It's also a WTF Japan moment, but really when you import this game what do you expect?

Lieju:

ZippyDSMlee:

Lieju:

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Well Child Porn is kinda an absolute theres no real redeeming factor to it. Fake child porn on the other hand harms no one its just easier to ban it all under a blanket mentality than deal with things the various circumstance the real world throws at you. Sorry about it being posted in a qoute it all just messed up on me...

Itsthefuzz:

ZippyDSMlee:

Which is stupid whats next banning content that disrespects gays or blacks?

There's a difference between banning something that's unpopular and likely offensive for a country (Like if a game had a racist message entwined in it.)

And then there's banning something that's unpopular, probably offensive, and also centered around something that's legally wrong.

Saying racist/homophobic comments in America? Well, that's kind of a dick move but it won't get you thrown in jail.

Things related to sex and minors? Pretty illegal.

Fake minors are not real desu. My point being we give up so much with blanket mentalities than transpose to law that no one wants to change because its unpopular to do so.

But ya this is not that its jsut set me off.....oh humanity when can I rage quite you....

Krantos:

ZippyDSMlee:
Ya...no its Mature material but nothing higher than that...the US is so messed up...

You level girls up by stripping them. And you do this by rubbing them repeatedly. And several of the girls are of questionable age.

....and you think we're the ones messed up. :/

granted we are, just not in this instance.

OT: kind of a "Oh, Japan" type story.

Banning, fou banning ,forced censorship to sell something,ect,ect of fiction because you disagree with it is far more sick and disgusting. After all the Nazis did alot of good for Germany common morality went up for a time,crime rates went down the economy blossomed,ect,ect only that did not end so well. And you might think this is a minor thing but as the old saying goes they came for you I did nothing, they came for everyone else I did nothing they came for me because I did nothing. Never diminish ones tastes and rights to something so minor its okay to restrict or destroy because you and what you like to do will be next.

Krantos:

ZippyDSMlee:
Ya...no its Mature material but nothing higher than that...the US is so messed up...

You level girls up by stripping them. And you do this by rubbing them repeatedly. And several of the girls are of questionable age.

....and you think we're the ones messed up. :/

granted we are, just not in this instance.

OT: kind of a "Oh, Japan" type story.

It's just an unabashed sexual fantasy, I don't really see what's messed up about that, it's perfectly natural for a species such as ourselves who depends on reproduction to sustain our population to enjoy some mindless sexual fantasies every now and again. It's quite literally inbuilt. Questionable age, well it's lucky then these are fictional characters who are impossible to harm rather than real girls.

ZippyDSMlee:

Lieju:

ZippyDSMlee:
Ya...no its Mature material but nothing higher than that...the US is so messed up...

At least one of those girls was certainly underage, or rather has the body of a young girl.

I'm thinking it's the loli content that's the issue here.

If it's just sexual imagery, it's silly, because if you buy this game, you are buying it for that sort of stuff.

Which is stupid whats next banning content that disrespects gays or blacks?

Banning(even fou banning) things never works and works against society in general over time as more things need to be banned.

Unless you can find direct constant harm things do not need to be banned....

/pissed off

Loli-con stuff has a possible 'grooming' aspect to it. Its potentially a tool for a pedophile to use to normalize abuse - 'look, its OK sweety, the girls and boys in this game/cartoon/comic are doing it, its totally ok.'

Hmm.. I can only wonder why this was censored. *cue eye roll*

Lolis have never been a problem in my eyes. for a couple of reasons.

1) Lolis are usually of age, but with a younger looking body, or at least in most of the games I've played. They're kinda like really cute midgets with giant eyes.

2) With how hyper-stylized everything is in anime nowadays, it really is hard to tell the age of characters just by eye-balling. It's better to assume they are over age than it is to assume otherwise. At least, that's the way I roll.

Hmm.. I'm not sure if I'll get this game or not. On one hand, If it takes any cues from Monster Girl Quest, It'll probably be a good story, and the non-touching up gameplay looks kinda like Duelist of the Roses, my favorite yugioh game. On the other hand, depending on how vital the feeling up aspect is, I might not want to take it outside, which is usually a negative for a handheld game.

Yeah I'm gonna take a stand on this. Just from a different perspective. Stripping girls down to power them up? Given how video games tend to portray females, this was gonna happen sooner or later. Look at all the web based games that advertise half naked girls anyway. But that's not what I want to talk about. Looking at the actual game play(the card battles), it looks interesting. That's why I'm upset about this;

roseofbattle:
The following cards are limited to their level 1, 2, or 3 evolution form due to "the strong sexual nature of the card images": Vampire, Kraken, Goblin, Cockatrice, Kobold, Skeleton, Titania, Bahamut, Fia, Brownie, Pegasus, Mandragora, Mau Sibau, Rafflesia, Death Scorpion, Phantom, and Tengu.

I have way to little infomation here, but this could potentially nerf some cards.It's usually understood that leveling up makes it stronger so those that are stuck to only level 1 out of say 2-3 are gonna really see their usage plummet. Normally I don't mind censoring if it's doesn't effect gameplay, but this could completely re-balance these cards. Now I don't have more info; what the cards do per level and actually mechcanics of battle, so this is just a guess.

Windknight:

ZippyDSMlee:

Lieju:

At least one of those girls was certainly underage, or rather has the body of a young girl.

I'm thinking it's the loli content that's the issue here.

If it's just sexual imagery, it's silly, because if you buy this game, you are buying it for that sort of stuff.

Which is stupid whats next banning content that disrespects gays or blacks?

Banning(even fou banning) things never works and works against society in general over time as more things need to be banned.

Unless you can find direct constant harm things do not need to be banned....

/pissed off

Loli-con stuff has a possible 'grooming' aspect to it. Its potentially a tool for a pedophile to use to normalize abuse - 'look, its OK sweety, the girls and boys in this game/cartoon/comic are doing it, its totally ok.'

The same could be said about regular live-action adult pornography, in-fact more so as rather than your 'potentially' claim it's known to be regularly used by predators to groom minors, would you be in favour of banning of regular adult pornography for hindering grooming opportunities too? (Not that sexual predators tend to be that fussed about following the law anyway...)

JoJo:

Windknight:

ZippyDSMlee:

Which is stupid whats next banning content that disrespects gays or blacks?

Banning(even fou banning) things never works and works against society in general over time as more things need to be banned.

Unless you can find direct constant harm things do not need to be banned....

/pissed off

Loli-con stuff has a possible 'grooming' aspect to it. Its potentially a tool for a pedophile to use to normalize abuse - 'look, its OK sweety, the girls and boys in this game/cartoon/comic are doing it, its totally ok.'

The same could be said about regular live-action adult pornography, in-fact more so as rather than your 'potentially' claim it's known to be regularly used by predators to groom minors, would you be in favour of banning of regular adult pornography for hindering grooming opportunities too? (Not that sexual predators tend to be that fussed about following the law anyway...)

So... live action adult pornography features underage characters drawn in a cutesy way that children may see as being like the cartoons, comics or games they play every day? You really didn't think that argument through very well did you.

At this point they're just censoring an artstyle. They're fictional non-existent female character of undetermined age that's getting censored because they "look" underage. But at least the game is coming over here. But really it's already rated mature, do they really need to censor it? God of War had torture, violence, nudity, lesbian love fests and there wasn't any mosaic in that. But got a chick who's drawn in a very stylized way with no real curves and suddenly it's treading dangerous ground. I don't get it, it's not gonna bother anyone that is going to buy it for crying out loud who are buying it for the eye-candy.

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